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TipsForSuccess: "Go Light"


Go Light

Until 1859, thousands of children and adults were dying from drinking milk. Diseases, such as tuberculosis, diphtheria, polio and scarlet fever, seemed to appear from nowhere. Desperate, ridiculous, useless cures were spreading around the world.

But then Louis Pasteur, a French chemist, discovered a simple remedy to the problem. Heat the milk to 161 degrees for 15 seconds and you kill the germs that cause the diseases. Pasteurization stopped people from dying.

Perhaps the most complicated problems in the world can be solved with this idea:


For example, you feel depressed and consider dramatic solutions. "Should I leave my family? Should I just stay in bed forever? Should I drink myself to happiness?" However, if you use a light remedy, such as treating yourself to a delicious meal or listening to your favorite music, you feel better.

As another example, children who are energetic, inattentive or difficult to control are given powerful psychiatric drugs to make them calm down. Certainly not a light remedy! Yet when enlightened educators or doctors check if the child is actually brilliant, but bored, the condition is sometimes solved. They simply give the child school work that is more interesting or more challenging. A light remedy prevents a lifetime of prescription drugs.

Many of the world's most successful people began their journeys from humble beginnings. None of them used desperate solutions like complicated loan deals or government programs. Instead, their paths to the top started with simple solutions.

For example, Microsoft's success started with a simple program for controlling a computer disk. started in a garage with the simple idea of selling books online. Wal-Mart's success began with the simple strategy of always charging a little less than all the other stores in town.

Five Examples of Light Remedies for Bad Conditions

1. You get into a big argument with your spouse. You consider your options: ignore him or her for a few weeks; go argue with more force than ever; hire someone to referee the fight. You then think, "What is the lightest remedy I can use?" and come up with a light solution. You apologize. All is well.

2. You do not have enough time. You are extremely busy and fall behind. You can't seem to get things done. You consider screaming and throwing things or just giving up. But then you consider light solutions and have a bright idea. "I'll keep a time log to see where I spend my time." You discover three people are wasting dozens of your hours each week. You gently remove them from your life and you suddenly have enough time to do what you want to do.

3. Your boss is angry with you, but you don't know why. Your work has not gotten worse, you show up on time and you have not caused any problems. You think of getting angry at your boss or getting your coworkers to hate him. Instead, you think of a simple remedy. You ask your boss, "Are you angry with me?" He says, "No, sorry I snapped at you. My darn car won't start." You feel relieved.

4. You are drowning in debt. You made too many financial commitments and are now unable to pay everything you agreed to pay. You think of robbing a bank, going into hiding or ruining your credit reputation with bankruptcy. You ask yourself, "What is the lightest remedy I can use to solve my money problems?" You realize, "I just need to focus on making more money." Or "I just need to sell some stuff." Or "Starting now, I will spend less than I make for the rest of my life."

5. You are frustrated and confused by a government regulation concerning your business. You consider hiring an expensive attorney, bribing a politician or going underground to avoid the rule. But then you remember a simple remedy and get out your dictionary. You carefully read the government regulation and look up each word you do not understand. You suddenly understand the regulation and realize you are already complying with it.


Whenever you feel frustrated by a condition that is getting worse and worse, do not look for desperate, heavy or complicated solutions. Instead, ask yourself questions like these:

"What light remedy can I use for this bad condition?"
"What is the simplest, most obvious solution?"
"How could I solve this with the least amount of time, work or money?"
"What solution, if it worked, would make me laugh?"
"What is the lightest way to handle this problem?"

You might be pleasantly surprised to find your worst conditions can be solved with light solutions.

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TipsForSuccess: "Does the World Owe Anyone a Living?"


Does the World Owe Anyone a Living?

The biggest problem with dentures (false teeth) is that they do not feel comfortable. Some people love their new dentures immediately while others are never happy with the fit and always seem to suffer.

Dissatisfied patients return to their dentists for frequent adjustments. They try different adhesives or simply start over. No matter what they do, their dentures never feel comfortable.

So a denture manufacturer conducted a study to find out why dentures easily fit the mouths of some patients, but were a constant problem with others.

As part of the study, they considered the types of material used in the dentures and the methods for shaping the dentures. They checked the dentists' training and techniques. Yet they could not find a common reason why certain patients hated their dentures.

But then they checked one other factor. Most of the patients who complained that their dentures did not fit had not paid for them!

If the patient or their insurance company had paid for the dentures, they seemed to fit better. If the dentures were not paid for, they did not fit as well.

Why would that matter?

Permitting Dishonesty

"When you let somebody be dishonest, you are setting him up to become physically ill and unhappy."

"When you let a person give nothing for something, you are factually encouraging crime." -- L. Ron Hubbard

Lottery winners often lose all their money within a few years. They buy expensive cars and wreck them. They buy big houses and let them go to ruin. One man used his winnings to drink himself to death.

These poor people didn't earn the money. They got something for nothing so it meant nothing to them.

Down deep, everyone wants to be honest. When they get something for nothing they tend to waste it because they did nothing to deserve it.

When you perform some valuable work for someone, you must let them give you something back in exchange. If you do not let them give you something in return, they become unhappy. They may even resent your help.

You see this with governments. Some people accept money from the government to help them get back on their feet. They go to school, work hard and return the money they received by paying taxes. These people are healthy and happy.

Other people accept money from the government, but never get back to work. They watch television all day and gain weight. They are unhealthy and unhappy.

Three Recommendations

1. When people complain about what you do for them, check if they have given you a proper exchange in return. If not, make it a requirement and they will stop complaining about you.

2. Ensure you give an honest exchange for all the goods and services you receive. Like people with dentures, you will be happier with what you receive if you give a fair exchange.

3. Whenever you are unhappy or unhealthy, check if you are failing to give an honest exchange for what you receive. Find ways to be as honest as possible and match the exchange. In fact, give the world a little more than you receive and watch what happens to your health and happiness!


A Tip for Success with Children

"A lot of this exchange imbalance comes from child psychology where the child is not contributing anything and is not permitted to contribute.

"It is this which first overwhelms him with feelings of obligation to his parents and then bursts out as total revolt in his teens.

"Children who are permitted to contribute (not as a cute thing to do but actually) make noncontributing children of the same age look like raving maniacs!" -- L. Ron Hubbard

When you make children give an exchange they become much happier! Children, as young as three, can contribute by picking up their toys, helping in the kitchen or singing a song for you.

If children are not allowed to work until they are adults, they depend too heavily on their parents or the government for their money. They do not know how to earn a living.

Children want to work. It makes them feel valuable. Work makes them happy.

Smart parents let their children have real jobs. They patiently show their children how to work. For example, how to wash the windows so they are really clean, or how to walk the family dog every day, even when it is boring.

The most successful people in this world worked at real jobs when they are young. For example, they took care of the neighbors' yards or pets when they were 8. Or they drove a tractor on their family farms when they are 12.

When they became 18, they already had years of work experience. They could work an eight-hour day and earn their pay. They were striding up the road to their ultimate success.


Teach children (and adults) that the world does not owe them a living. They must find ways to exchange something valuable for the things they want. Help them enjoy the pride, health and happiness they get from earning an honest living.

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TipsForSuccess: "How to Be a Great Person"


How to Be a Great Person

Although religious leaders may disagree with each other, they all agree on one important principle for living your life.

You might find this principle difficult to follow. For some, it may be nearly impossible to live this way. Yet, when you use this rule in your life, you earn the most wonderful gifts in the world.

Not only does this advice make you happy, it lowers your stress, boosts your intelligence and increases your courage. It helps make you successful.

"What Is Greatness?"

"The hardest task one can have is to continue to love his fellows despite all reasons he should not."

"For the one who can achieve this, there is abundant hope.

"For those who cannot, there is only sorrow, hatred and despair. And these are not the things of which greatness, or sanity or happiness are made.

"A primary trap is to succumb to invitations to hate.

"Never use what is done to one as a basis for hatred. Never desire revenge.

"It requires real strength to love man*. And to love him despite all invitations to do otherwise, all provocations and all reasons why one should not.

"Happiness and strength endure only in the absence of hate. To hate alone is the road to disaster. To love is the road to strength. To love in spite of all is the secret of greatness. And may very well be the greatest secret in this universe." -- L. Ron Hubbard
(*Man: mankind; the human race.)


1. As soon as you arrive at your family's holiday party, your stomach twists when you see your Aunt Jane. Ever since you were young, Aunt Jane has criticized you. "What happened to you? I can't believe you aren't rich. You had such potential!"

If you had known Aunt Jane would be at the family gathering, you would have found an excuse to miss it. You want to leave, but then she sees you. "There you are! Have you been avoiding me?"

You decide to be a great person and love your Aunt Jane despite all reasons you should not. As you hug her, you notice she is now in her 70's. You suddenly realize she hasn't criticized you for more than 20 years. You are surprised to find you actually do love her.

2. You are driving down the road enjoying some music and some idiot cuts in front of you. You slam on the brakes to avoid an accident. You send him a mental curse and hope he has a rotten life.

You notice you feel rotten. You blame the other driver for this feeling and start driving recklessly yourself.

But then you think, "Hey! I don't want to hate anyone. I'm going to love that guy." Your change of attitude makes you feel a little understanding for him. You think, "He must be late for work" and you wish him well.

Within seconds, you feel better and forget about it. You go back to enjoying your music.

3. A few years ago, you and your friend Peter bought a delivery van. He used it during the day to make deliveries from his flower shop and you used it at night to deliver newspapers.

When going to work one night, you notice the van is missing. You call Peter who says, "Oh, sorry, I forgot to tell you that I sort of rented it to this guy. I mean, uh, well, I sold it because I had to pay off some bills. I think you owe me some money anyway, so I think we should call it even."

You say, "I can't believe this! You sold our van? You really did it this time Peter!" You slam down the telephone and vow to never speak to him again. You jump in your car and spend all night moving newspapers.

You plot revenge in several ways. You'll spray paint his windows. You'll steal his car. You'll spread rumors about him.

Every time you think about Peter and the van, you get upset. Even two years later, you still feel the hatred whenever you see a similar van.

But then you learn about becoming a great person. You decide to love Peter despite all reasons you should not. After a few days, you decide to call him.

As soon as Peter hears your voice, he says, "I'm so glad you called! I'm so sorry about that van! I've regretted selling it for years now."

You say, "Don't worry about it. I'm sorry our arrangement failed. Good luck Peter."

The van memory stops hurting you. People like being around you again. You feel great!

Five Ways to Become a Greater Person

1. Take a few minutes today and try loving everyone around you. People in your family, neighborhood, workplace, everyone. Love them for no reason. Why not?

2. Whenever someone tries to get you to hate him or her, refuse to play the game. Who needs more enemies? Instead, generate some love for the person, even if only a small amount.

3. Make yourself tougher by loving difficult people. You can certainly love people without letting them control you. In fact, it's easier to face and handle difficult people, if you love them.

4. Eliminate revenge as a purpose in your life. Who do you want to get even with? Change that intention into something positive. Wish them well and see how you feel.

5. Finally, improve your mood by loving people. Whenever you feel depressed or desperate, find people to love. You don't even need to see or talk to them, just love them.

"To love in spite of all is the secret of greatness. -- L. Ron Hubbard

Excerpted from "What is Greatness?" by L. Ron Hubbard. You can read the full article at

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TipsForSuccess: "No Shortcuts to Prosperity"


No Shortcuts to Prosperity

You have problems if you focus too much on money or too much on production.

If you focus too much on money, all you think is "get money, get money, get money." You borrow as much money as you can. You convince people to pay you for services or goods you have not produced. You gamble or invest hoping you will get money without having to work for it.

For example, the manager of a computer company is more concerned about selling computers than making computers. She buys huge advertisements, hires excellent salespeople and pays them big commissions. Because her company cannot make enough computers, and the ones they do make are bad quality, she gets fired by the owner. The company has a horrible reputation and closes down.

If you focus too much on production, all you think is "produce, produce, produce." You build your product or provide your service without any attention on money. You think, "If I just do nothing but produce, I'll eventually get some money."

For example, a dentist loves making people's smiles look perfect. He hates asking for money. So he works hard fixing people's teeth, but never collects his fees. He does not focus enough on money and goes out of business.

"When either money or production get out of balance one has trouble. All production and no money is as bad as all money and no production.

"This also answers the world mystery of booms and depressions which, unsolved, drove the whole field of economics into a mad subject."

"Well-paid delivery in high quality is the correct answer. Only then can a boom continue."

"There are no shortcuts to honest prosperity." -- L. Ron Hubbard

All Money, No Production

As you may have noticed, too many people have gotten stuck on getting money and not production.

For example, Fred hears how people are making money by buying houses and then selling them for a big profit. Fred also learns he can borrow a great deal of money, even though he doesn't make enough money to pay it off. He is convinced, "I'll just buy this big house with this big loan. I'll sell it in a year and make a big pile of money, just like everyone else."

Joe owns a company that has a $1 million retirement fund. Hundreds of workers have given part of their pay into this fund. Pete convinces Joe to give him the $1 million so he can turn it into $2 million through big house loans. Pete gets a big commission from the bank for getting Joe's $1 million.

Barney owns an investment company. He tells the mortgage company, "Let me take control of your $100 million in loan accounts. I have investors who will give us $150 million as they think real estate will keep going up. You and I will each get a $2 million commission!"

Fred can't pay back his loan and no one will buy his house, so he goes bankrupt. Pete's plan completely fails wiping out Joe's company retirement fund meaning Joe has no money for his workers' retirements. Pete has earned a bad reputation and cannot get a job. Barney asks the government for $150 million to bail him out.

All Production, No Money

When farmers produce too much food, it goes to waste. They do not ensure people will pay before planting or they do not know how to sell the food after it is harvested.

When computer programmers create web services that no one wants, they might have to live in their parents' basements. Programmers who find out what people will buy before creating their web services can live in big houses.

When car manufacturers keep building big cars and trucks when people want hybrids or electric cars, thousands of gas guzzlers sit in parking lots.

Putting as much attention on money as you put on your product or service ensures you will prosper.


To succeed, you need to do two things: 1.) Produce high-quality goods or services and 2.) Get paid well for it. Both things.

For example, if you cut hair for a living, figure out how to produce the highest-quality haircut possible and how to get paid a proper fee for it. If you focus too much on money and charge too much, you'll lose your customers. If you focus too much on great haircuts, you won't collect enough and you'll be broke.

What do you produce? Is it really valuable? If not, what do you need to change to make it so?

If your services or goods are valuable, are you earning enough money from them? If not, what do you need to change so you get paid properly?

If you do both things, you will have a boom. If you do not do both things, you will have a depression.

Produce a valuable product or service, make sure you get paid adequately for it and enjoy a lifetime of success.

"There are no shortcuts to honest prosperity." -- L. Ron Hubbard

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